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Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2005 Apr;(433):72-6.

Medicolegal aspects of hip and knee arthroplasty.

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  • 1Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 3116 North Duke Street, Durham, NC 27704, USA.


Hip and knee arthroplasties usually are satisfying for the patient and the surgeon; however, these procedures also have considerable risks for generating a medical malpractice lawsuit. Strict adherence to the standard of care and recently implemented patient safety strategies should reduce the surgeon's liability. Expert technical execution of the surgery, timely evidence-based patient treatment, and detailed documentation in the medical record will not only improve the quality of patient care but also will serve as a strong legal defense should the need arise.

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